Christmas Traditions: Un-traditional Cookies!

Though winter holiday traditions vary from family to family, I have encountered few people in America whose holiday traditions don’t involve cookies or some other type of baked items. Growing up, we had a few constants on the Christmas cookie trays – Russian tea cakes, shortbread, chocolate chip, peanut butter balls, chocolate fudge, butterhorns, and, of course, sugar cookies with sprinkles and powdered sugar icing cut into a variety of shapes.

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As we kids became adults who loved spending time in the kitchen making batch after batch of cookies together, we started experimenting with other cookie recipes. Some ended up on the permanent rotation, and some were forgettable or so crazy they never got made a second time. So now, part of the tradition is making at least one batch of untraditional cookies for the holidays!

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My in-laws took a trip earlier this year to Portugal, and they brought back some Madeira and port for us all to taste during the holidays. I had seen a Dorie Greenspan recipe for chocolate crackers with smoky Spanish paprika in Better Homes & Gardens and set aside the recipe for “someday”. “Someday” was yesterday! The chocolate cookie crackers turned out to be the perfect accompaniment to our Madeira tasting for dessert last night.


I’m pretty sure this is a recipe I’ll make again and again. You can cut out the crackers into whatever shapes please you – they keep their shape beautifully in the oven. And you can make them as small or large as you like – great for putting out for finger-food and wine-friendly munchies at a party or holiday dinner!


You can find the recipe on the Better Homes & Gardens website (here’s a link). I followed it exactly, except that I totally spaced and forgot to toast the chopped almonds. I’m sure that would add another dimension of “yum” to these crackers, but if you too forget to toast your almonds, they will turn out just fine.

Are you putting anything new on the table this week? Let me know about it in the comments!

One Thought on “Christmas Traditions: Un-traditional Cookies!

  1. Allan Andersen on December 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm said:

    These were really good. I wish we had more dips or spreads to have them with.

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